Perth Winter Festival 2018 / 2019

One of Scotland’s favourite Winter destinations, Perth City Centre is a popular choice for shopping, eating out and being entertained! Perth Winter Festival calendar of events runs from Hallowe’en in October to Chinese New Year in February and brings with it a seasonal extravaganza of markets, shows, family fun and cultural events.

What’s On

Join us as we switch on the lights of Scotland’s newest city and celebrate with live music, a chocolate festival and a cultural event for the entire community – Perth Winter Festival has something for everyone!

Think everything from foodie fountains to knitters circles, singing brownies to chart-topping stars. While you’re here, why not stop for a bite of lunch, take part in one of the fantastic markets on offer or book into one of the spectacular Christmas shows, pantos or concerts?!

Breakfast with Santa | 16th & 23rd Dec
Sunday 16th & 23rd December, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm, Beales, Perth


£9 per child including breakfast and gift Choice of breakfast for adults and children:

  • Full cooked breakfast – £5.95
  • Coffee and Danish – £3.95

Tickets are available in store on the Christmas Dept. on 2nd floor. Spaces are Limited to make sure to book your spot soon.

Pitlochry New Year Street Party | 1st Jan 19
Tuesday 1 January, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Atholl Road, Pitlochry

Enjoy a real community New Year party in the beautiful Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry. Join in the fun with the pipe band, ceilidh dancing in the street, children’s entertainment, food and mulled wine. Entry to the party is free, with funds raised from donations for the food and drink, and raffle ticket sales.

Comrie's Hogmanay Flambeaux | 31st Dec
Monday 31 December, midnight, Comrie

Celebrate the coming of the New Year in impressive fashion at the traditional Comrie Flambeaux parade. Flambeaux torches are paraded around the village preceded by a pipe band, and followed by a fancy dress parade. The torches are then cast into the River Earn.

For more information click here

Perth Riverside Light Nights | 26th Jan - 10th Feb
Saturday 26 January – Sunday 10 February, from 6.00 pm

Brighten up those winter nights with one of the high points of the Perth City Centre calendar – the return of the Perth Riverside Light Nights. Following a variety of themes visit the winter wonderland at Norie Miller Park on the banks of the River Tay to enjoy spectacular lighting and entertainment to chase away those January/February blues.

Perth "Robert Burns Celebration | 26th - 27th Jan
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January, Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights. On Saturday 26 there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to Norie Miller Park.
Perthshire Chinese New Year | 2nd Feb
On Saturday 2 February follow the dragons, dancing lions, lanterns and fire crackers as they lead the Perthshire Chinese Community parade through the city centre in this celebration of Chinese New Year.

Winter Festival Programmes

Want to find out about all the amazing Winter Festival events coming to Perth & Kinross this Winter? Take a browse through both the Perth and Kinross programmes to find your festive fun!

Getting Here

Perth’s stunning location on the River Tay puts Perth at the very heart of Scotland’s public transport network. With regular bus and rail services to destinations across Scotland.

By Car/Park and Ride

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.

If you wish to park and ride you can find out more information here 

Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at

By Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

By Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes.Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Things to Do

When it comes to “things to do”, Perthshire has an enviable reputation for offering it all. You can seek adventure or relaxation in Highland Perthshire, top up on shopping and culture in our towns – and city! – or delve into the past with our huge number of historical attractions. There are gardens to explore, lochs to sail on and trails to walk.

Perthshire is also known as Scotland’s larder, so it’s no coincidence that so many of the country’s award-winning hotels and restaurants are located here. We’re also known for our fun-filled events, from music festivals to foodie feasts and family fun days.

And Perthshire is centrally located, so it’s easy to get here. Hop on a train or bus, jump in the car, bring your bikes, scooters and kayaks – it won’t take long and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.


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